I don’t wish to be disrespectful or rude, but…

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The story that appears to get top billing on news websites and on the TV bulletins appears to be about a rich TV executive who died showing off in a boat killing one of his children and injuring his wife and three others in the process. It is a tragic event, but in the grand scheme of things is it really that important beyond those who knew them?

There seems to be an uneven balance when a story involves a celebrity or someone involved in the making of media. Also in today’s “news” Helen Mirren shouted at people and Justin Bieber tried to play a piano while someone hugged him – yup top news stories there folks. Can’t believe they got those exclusives. What’s worse is that the story seems to be getting a lot of attention from the BBC which should have more to report than thee kinds of stories. If a father and daughter died in a house fire and they weren’t famous would it be top story? No. So why are we presented with this as important? If it had been a couple who won the speedboat on Bullseye in 1987, it wouldn’t have been as newsworthy.

I realise I’m possibly¬†trivialising the tragic deaths of two individuals and the severe injuries of another two from the accident and I hope they are back to full health soon and I’m sorry for their loss, but my point is that Money and Fame are taking priority over everything in life at the moment. Beyonce doesn’t like a photo – News! Rich person crashes car into lamppost – News! An extra from Grange Hill was too old to actually be at school – News! No it’s not news or important just because of their bank balance or if they appeared in Who’s Who. The news should report events that effect society, politics and our daily lives and too often the draw of the spotlight or wallet drags them over to a place that serious journalism doesn’t belong.

While it should be reported as it did have an impact where it happened, I’d suggest that there are more pressing matters in the world at the moment that should be top of a news agenda instead.

JD

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